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Steve in Ottawa

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About Steve in Ottawa

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    Ottawa,, Ontario, Canada
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    Spitfires, big time
    1/48 RCAF and CAF aircraft
    Commonwealth WW II
    Luftwaffe WW II
    Cdn Army vehicles
    NATO Air Forces
    Israeli Air Force

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  1. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Hi Peter, Once again let me say what a pleasure it was to meet you and your family at the Airscale booth, to talk to you about the model, and for the chance to see this great work of the modeller's art in person. As I thought I would, seeing the Spitfire with my own eyes was an even more impressive experience than seeing it in close-up via the build photos here. Don't get me wrong folks; the online images are a real blessing, no question, but being able to take it in as a complete work, with several follow-up visits, allowed those of us lucky enough to get to Telford and see it as it was meant to be seen. Thanks again for sharing the journey with us.
  2. Spitfire Mk.IXc "Beer Delivery" - ICM 1:48

    The upper wings still seem to have that irritating sink mark just ahead of the ailerons. This appears to be the original tooling of the kit; what makes this new, aside from the beer barrels?
  3. Spitfire Mk.IXc "Beer Delivery" - ICM 1:48

    no pictures of the beer barrels available?
  4. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Awesome. Truly inspiring to see this evolve from start to finish. I'm really looking forward to seeing this at Telford. You've definitely earned that pint!
  5. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Is the roundel part done yet? I'm not seeing it the photos?
  6. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Hi Rich, Sadly, there's no Spitfire ale on tap here in Ottawa, but there are plenty of great pubs, along with a few brewpubs that produce their own products. PM me offline if you're looking for some recommendations for British-ish style pubs in town.
  7. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Hey Gary, LOL, yes it does come in sporadically through the LCBO, and I always pick up a dozen bottles or cans (whichever is on the shelf). My in-house stock is getting low so I'm on the hunt whenever we drop into a store somewhere.
  8. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    I'm not sure if we in the Colonies fully understand the custom as is still stands in the UK, but I believe that an offer of something that resembles this beverage is appropriate in these situations: I'd be pleased as punch if you have time for a pint during Telford. First round is on me!
  9. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Okay, this may be a dumb question, but do you plan on weathering the model when you're done? I'm wondering if you feel there is any need for adding a wash to the panel lines and rivets, or does it meet your satisfaction just as it is? I'm very keen to see this model in Telford. I hope you won't mind if I do a 'selfie' photo with it...
  10. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    For the roundel, I don't know that the colours would be the same as the pin-striping. Some RCAF markings back then were actual decals so it's quite possible that this Spitfire was adorned with this type of marking. In that case the blue and red shades would have been darker than the pin-striping When I first saw pictures of #80 I just automatically assumed that RCAF-issue decals had been used, simply because the blue and white ring proportions and leaf style looked 'right', and did not resemble some of those horrid representations of RCAF markings you used to see on old model decal sheets.
  11. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    It was Malcolm Laird who posted the photo on Facebook, and he indicated to me that it was also published in one of their 'Classic Warbirds' series of books. I haven't taken a dig in the personal library yet to see if I have the printed photo in the book, but Malcolm had indicated that this was the best quality image he had in his hands. Malcolm also indicated that the photo came from the collection of Johnny Checketts. Thanks to everybody for weighing in on this question. Good input and discussion, as always!
  12. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    If I zoom the enhanced photos in and out I want to think I see: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING 'Please Advise the Wing of the Delivery of this xxxxxxxx' (Wild A** Guess mode ON) Could that maybe be something like: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING 'Please Advise the Wing of the Delivery or the Return' I think it would likely be a simple 'standard procedure' message to whoever was handling the tank. No matter what state it was in, it was to get back into the hands of 127 Wing, where RCAF personnel would be trained and ready to deal with the tank's contents.
  13. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    Hey Graham, I think that inviting the handlers to evaluate the quality of the contents enroute would be ill-advised, especially if the Flt Sgt was out of sight. So I would lean away from that being a possibility. Aside from the poor quality of the image, I think what complicates this a little bit more is that the first two lines look like they were done by somebody with sign-painting experience with that style of lettering. The script lettering in the last two lines shows some variation (note the 'g' in Wing, for example), so some of the letters in the words may not be consistently applied.
  14. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    Good comments, thanks. Now I'm less convinced of my initial theory of the wording. So now I'm back to this level of reasonable certainty: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING xxxxx xxxxx xxWing of the Xxxxxx of xxxx xxxxx Based on the enhanced photo, it may be that the characters preceding 'Wing' were a number, like '52' or '92' but a Google search doesn't support that as being possible.
  15. Spitfire Beer Transport Tank Inscription

    This photo appeared on Facebook and the last line of the inscription is giving me fits trying to figure out what it says: 127. WING. WING COMMANDER FLYING Please Advise the Wing of the "Arrival of this Bxxxxx… "? of the "Delivery of this xxxxxx … "? of the "Officer of Unit Canteen… "? 127 Wing was an RCAF Spitfire Wing. I figure it would have to a very straightforward message to the groundcrew loading or unloading the tank, to show who owned the cargo and who was to be contacted upon arrival..., or delivery..., or something else. Does anybody have a better quality image of this shot, and/or do you know what this last line says?